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Evangelist Tim LaHaye Dead at 90

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The late Dr. Tim LaHaye (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 01:38 PM

Beloved evangelist Tim LaHaye, who co-wrote the blockbuster "Left Behind" Christian thrillers, died Monday at the age of 90 following a stroke last week, Newsmax has learned.

The Detroit-born LaHaye, who was also an Air Force veteran, "is where he has always wanted to be," Jerry B. Jenkins, who authored 16 bestsellers with LaHaye, told Newsmax in a statement.

"His departure leaves a void in my soul I don't expect to fill until I see him again. [He was a] spiritual giant. The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor's heart and lived to share his faith.

"He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing."

That extended to wherever LaHaye traveled, according to Jenkins.

"If Tim was missing from the autograph table or the green room of a network television show, he was likely in a corner praying with someone he'd just met — from a reader to a part-time bookstore stock clerk to a TV network anchorman," he said.

The "Left Behind" series — set in the future as the end of the world looms with the arrival on Earth of Armegeddon — have been made into several films, including a 2014 Hollywood epic starring Nicholas Cage and Lea Thompson.

LaHaye and his wife of 69 years, the former Beverly Ratcliffe, were heralded as a "Christian Power Couple" in 2005. The magazine also tapped LaHaye as one of the "25 most influential evangelicals in America."

Early in his ministerial career, LaHaye pastored churches in South Carolina and Minnesota before moving to San Diego, Calif., where he led the Scott Memorial Baptist Church.

LaHaye also founded two accredited Christian high schools, a school system of 10 Christian schools and what is now San Diego Christian College.

In 1972 he co-founded the Institute for Creation Research with the late Dr. Henry Morris.

His friend, Richard Lee, founding pastor of First Redeemer Church which was supported by the LaHayes family, said:

"His life was more generous than most people can imagine. He was so quiet about his generosity."

LaHaye and his wife also hosted a radio show and, later, a TV show called "The LaHayes on Family Life," which promoted Christian values.

In the 1970s LaHaye helped form a coalition of Southern California pastors to address a progressive political agenda they believed was "undermining traditional family values."

He also encouraged the late Rev. Jerry Falwell to create the so-called "Moral Majority" of concerned U.S. voters.

LaHaye was also credited with garnering evangelical support behind the campaign of George W. Bush.

Besides co-authoring the 16-book "Left Behind" series — which sold more than 80 million copies — LaHaye was a prolific non-fiction author, penning 60 different titles that sold 14 million copies in 32 languages.

He wrote about such topics as family life, temperaments, the biblical view of sex and marriage, Bible prophecy, the will of God, Jesus Christ, and secular humanism.

LaHaye was also an avid outdoorsman, whose activities included skiing, jogging, motorcycling and golfing.

In addition to his wife, LaHaye is survived by four children; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard LaHaye; and a sister, Margaret White.

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Beloved evangelist Tim LaHaye, who co-wrote the blockbuster "Left Behind" Christian thrillers, died Monday at the age of 90 following a stroke last week, Newsmax has learned.
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